Reggae is plagued by and besotted with its history, held back by the belief that an optimum formula was found decades ago. It’s a tempting point, but one that reduces an entire genre to a single sound. On his first record for On-U Sound, Horace Andy battles the inevitable smoothness of the contemporary reggae sound with his vigorous, wide vibrato. The better tracks offset melodic singing with heavy dub, creating a memorable dichotomy. ‘Today Is Right Here’ in particular showcases a magnificent electronic angle that enhances a classic rhythm. While others, like ‘Easy Money,’ can feel simplistic, ‘Midnight Rocker’ is nonetheless an entertaining work from a Jamaican great.
A favourite: ‘Today Is Right Here’
‘Midnight Rocker’ us out now via On-U Sound.